Hero Images and Banners - This new webdesign trend is really popular for some time now. A massive increase in large hero image banners made the homepage sliders usage to decrease.
The right Hero image(try to keep it simple, not too busy, with less design elements and text) makes a huge opening statement when a website visitor lands on your homepage. Large hero areas usually fill the entire screen space. Little text is used and the photography is the main focus point.